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DO NOT eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery
*** Please do not eat any breakfast *****
After midnight, sips of water are allowed until 3 hours prior to your arrival time
PLEASE DO NOT:
- Eat or drink after midnight
- Drink alcohol for 24 hours
- Use any illicit drugs for 1 week before
- Smoke for 24 hours prior to Surgery and up to 2 Weeks after surgery
- Wear perfumes or fragrances
- Take your medications with a sip of water as normally prescribed unless otherwise instructed
- Wear loose fitting clothing with short sleeves
- Wear dark colours
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Arrive without makeup
- Remove contact lenses
- Remove piercings – specifically – Nose, Lip, Tongue
FOR LEGAL PURPOSES:
- You need a responsible adult to drive you home, and it is recommended that someone be with you for 24 hrs after surgery.
- Going home by yourself in a Taxi or other transport (Uber/Bus) is not permitted. Please arrange for a responsible adult to travel with you if a taxi is required.
- If you are under the age of 18 or are unable to legally consent for treatment you must be accompanied by a Parent or / legal guardian or/ Power of Attorney. If the accompanying adult is not the parent or legal guardian, then consent forms must be signed prior to the day of procedure.
Failure to give 1 weeks’ notice could result in a $250 cancellation fee. If you are unable to keep your appointment – please notify our office as soon as possible
Have a good breakfast/lunch before attending your surgery.
Take medication as you would normally take on the morning of surgery.
- If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify this office immediately. Failure to give such notification at least 1 week in advance will result in a cancellation fee of $250 being charged to you for reserved surgical suite facilities.
No alcohol or smoking for 24 hours before admission and no smoking for 2 weeks following surgery.
- It is a requirement that a consent form is signed for all patients. If you are under 18 years of age, please arrive accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must sign the consent form on your behalf. If you are completely independent and under the age of eighteen (18) years, you may sign the consent form.
FOR LEGAL PURPOSES:
If you are under the age of 18 or are unable to legally consent for treatment you must be accompanied by a Parent or / legal guardian or/ Power of Attorney. If the accompanying adult is not the parent or legal guardian, then consent forms must be signed prior to the day of procedure.
Failure to give 1 weeks’ notice could result in a $250 cancellation fee. If you are unable to keep your appointment – please notify our office as soon as possible.
You have been referred to this office because of the challenging nature of treatment requested by your dentist. Your anesthesia needs are determined by your medical condition(s) as well as the type of operation you will have. Our surgeons employ a variety of anesthetic modalities to make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible. These include:
Intravenous sedative agents are administered which provide relaxation and pain control. This involves the full monitoring of vital signs, breathing rate, blood pressure and the use of an electrocardiogram. It should be noted that in very anxious individuals, this form of anesthesia can be ineffective. It is important to understand that this technique does not fully diminish one’s awareness of the procedure.
This is the most common form of anesthesia administered in our office. It is extremely safe and effective. Likewise the recovery from general anesthetic is quite fast and very similar as the the recovery associated with intravenous sedation. This technique allows us to completely eliminate an individual’s awareness of the procedure. General anesthesia also reduces the risk of any involuntary movement by the individual during surgery.
Local anesthetic can be an effective method for eliminating pain associated with removal of a tooth. Our experience is that this form of anesthesia may provide limited options for the patient based on the surgical procedure necessary. Local anesthesia does not diminish an individual’s awareness of pressure, vibration and/or noise associated with tooth removal or related surgeries. Likewise, if an individual has a badly infected tooth, frequently, local anesthetic will be ineffective in eliminating discomfort as well. Often times, individuals will have a variety of medical problems which prohibit the use of local anesthesia alone.
This depends mostly on the nature of the surgery and is best answered by your surgeon.
Your anesthetic team is personally responsible for your comfort and well being. Blood pressure, pulse rate, EKG, oxygen, and CO2 levels are some of the important vital signs that are monitored during your surgery.
Our office has the necessary emergency drugs, equipment and procedures in place to care for you in the rare event of a serious complication. Anesthesiologists have the specialized medical training to anticipate and treat complications. Our nurses and doctors have current advanced cardiac life support training (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) as well as attendance in frequent mock emergency drills. We also have training in difficult airway management. In rare instances, serious complications may require that you are transferred to a local hospital.
According to guidelines established by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, all phases of anesthesia, including recovery, should be supervised. Your anesthesiologist, as well as our experienced nurses, will monitor your needs for your safe recovery. You may be given extra oxygen and your breathing and heart functions will be observed closely. You will not be discharged home until you are fit to go, usually within one hour after surgery.
- The amount of discomfort you experience will depend on a number of factors, especially the type of surgery. Your doctors and nurses can relieve pain after your surgery with medicines given by mouth, injection or by numbing the area around the incision. Your discomfort should be tolerable, but do not expect to be totally pain-free.
- Nausea or vomiting may be related to anesthesia, the type of surgical procedure or postoperative pain medications. Although less of a problem today because of improved anesthetic agents and techniques, these side effects continue to occur for some patients.
- Medications to minimize postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting are often given by your anesthesiologist during the surgical procedure and in recovery. You may experience a sore throat and/or nose bleed, which usually resolve quickly.
Recovery at home
Be prepared to go home and finish your recovery there. Patients often experience drowsiness and minor after-effects following ambulatory anesthesia, including muscle aches, sore throat and occasional dizziness or headaches. Nausea also may be present, but vomiting is less common. These side effects usually decline rapidly in the hours following surgery. The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day. Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal. Know that a period of recovery at home is common and to be expected.
Be sure to follow the instructions given to you while at the surgical facility. These instructions are important to permit the fastest, safest and most pleasant recovery possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.
Sometime after your ambulatory anesthesia, and surgery, you will be contacted to see how you feel and if you had any problems. You may receive a telephone call from our surgical facility or a questionnaire to mail back. It is important to use this opportunity to let your caregivers know how you feel so they may provide the best possible care.
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Call your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms. You are under the influence of medication following surgery; therefore, do not drive, drink alcoholic beverages, sign legal documents or make any major decisions during the next 24 hours.
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